2012-2013 Best International University Delegations

by KFC on May 14, 2013

Delegates at HNMUN

Delegates at HNMUN

Which college Model UN teams are the best in the world? There are many definitions of success in Model UN, and awards are not the purpose of Model UN. Nevertheless, they are given at MUN conferences to recognize teams for their accomplishments.

There are three internationally prominent university-level conferences that each draw over 2,000 delegates and feature teams from around the world: Harvard National HNMUN in Boston, Harvard WorldMUN which was hosted in Melbourne this year, and the two-part National NMUN conferences in New York City. These three conferences are very different from each other in terms of philosophy, culture, and awards system, and most participants would not classify the three into one circuit. However, using our methodology for guidance, we can determine what some of the best teams in the world were for this season and we wanted to recognize them here.

Changes and Disclaimer:

  • We decided to re-define “International” to mean all teams participating at these three international conferences. The old definition of “International” meant teams outside of North America. 
  • We decided to tier it instead of doing a numerical ranking since the three conferences have drastically different awards systems and most teams do not attend more than one conference. We also decided to use their one highest score instead of aggregating the scores for the same reasons.
  • This listing is not meant to capture all Model UN delegations around the world but rather a subset of those teams that perform at the three largest college conferences in the world. Note that due to different conferences being included in the methodology, the North American schools in Best International University Delegations list may not necessarily correspond with the schools or placement on the North American rankings.
  • In the future, we may consider doing more regional rankings (similar to the current North American college rankings) or integrating a regional conference component in addition to these three conferences to more accurately reflect performance throughout the year, particularly in Europe which has an active regional circuit.

2012-2013 Best International University Delegations

The Best International University Delegations were distinguished by finishing among the top teams in terms of weighted score at HNMUN, receiving the most Diplomacy Awards at WorldMUN, or were recognized for multiple Distinguished Delegation awards at NMUN. Harvard was also included in this list for playing host to two of the three conferences which it could not participate in as a delegation; Harvard was ranked in the top five in the North American rankings. Delegations are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Alma College (United States)
  • Brigham Young University (United States)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (United States)
  • Claremont McKenna College (United States)
  • College of William & Mary (United States)
  • Florida International University (United States)
  • George Washington University (United States)
  • Harvard University (United States)
  • MUN Society Belgium (Belgium)
  • Peruvian Universities (Peru)
  • Sciences Po (France)
  • Texas Christian University (United States)
  • Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela)
  • Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Guayana (Venezuela)
  • Universidad Central de Venezuela (Venezuela)
  • Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela)
  • United Netherlands (Netherlands)
  • United States Military Academy at West Point (United States)
  • University of Chicago (United States)
  • University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • University of Pennsylvania (United States)
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (United States)
  • Yale University (United States)

2012-2013 Outstanding International University Delegations

The  Outstanding International University Delegations were distinguished by winning multiple awards at HNMUN, receiving the multiple Diplomacy Awards at WorldMUN, or were recognized with a Distinguished Delegation award at NMUN. Delegations are listed in alphabetical order.

  • American University in Cairo (Egypt)
  • Austin College (United States)
  • Australian National University (Australia)
  • Boston University (United States)
  • California State University, Chico (United States)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (United States)
  • California State University, Northridge (United States)
  • Carleton University (Canada)
  • Clark University (United States)
  • College of Wooster (United States)
  • Columbia University (United States)
  • Emory University (United States)
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Georgetown University (United States)
  • Georgia Southern University (United States)
  • Georgia State University (United States)
  • Hood College (United States)
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Irvine Valley College (United States)
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Marianopolis College (Canada)
  • New York University (United States)
  • Pace University – Westchester (United States)
  • Patrick Henry College (United States)
  • Rider University (United States)
  • Riverside Community College (United States)
  • Royal Holloway, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Rutgers University (United States)
  • Sapienza – Università di Roma (Italy)
  • Sciences Po Lille (France)
  • Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)
  • Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela)
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
  • Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)
  • Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
  • University of Adelaide (Australia)
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Miami (United States)
  • University of New Orleans (United States)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (United States)
  • University of West Virginia (United States)
  • University of Western Australia (Australia)
  • Victor Valley College (United States)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
  • Wright State University (United States)

Congratulations to all the delegations!

  • Lutz

    This ranking looks like a very reasonable way of culminating conference achievements on an international scale. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.gonzalez.355 Dan González

    With complete respect. I think this Ranking fails to rank. I think it`s awesome that you`re trying to make a ranking with international universities and american universities as well, but if the ranking fails to rank it`s pretty much useless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/etankiang Ervin Tankiang

      This is not a ranking though. There’s no fair way to rank at the international level though. The three conferences have different compositions, and it’s hard for any university to attend all three, or even two of the three. They’ve used the NMUN tiered delegation award system here, which is the fairest way to do it.

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